DVD - 2010
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In the midst of WWI, Edinburgh's Craiglockhart Hospital is crowded with traumatized soldiers scarred by the horrors of battle. Dr. William Rivers, the hospital psychiatrist who hovers on the edge of a nervous breakdown as he attempts to 'cure' the incurable.


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May 13, 2015

Wonderfully written, perfectly cast. Subtle, terrifying. Resisted Hollywood temptation to overdo it. Goes esp well with Carol Ann Duffy's poem, Last Post, in Ritual Lighting, also available at VPL.

Jan 19, 2014

This is a 1997 war-drama based on the novel of the same name by Pat Barker.
It is about the stories of a number of Officers of the British Army during World War I who are brought together in Craiglockhart War Hospital
where they are treated for various trauma.
One of the main characters is Siegfried Sassoon whose open letter (Finished with the War: A Soldier’s Declaration) protests against
the political errors and insincerities for which the fighting men are being sacrificed.
Later, Sassoon has come to a very important decision.
Although he still disagrees with the reasons for the continuation of the war, he decides to return to France in order to care for his men.
I really don't understand his decison. If I were him I would convince other men to become conscientious objectors.
In any case, I'm mind-boggled to see Dr. Yealland treat his patients in such a brutal and inhumane way as certainly prohibited nowadays.
He treats his patients not like traumatised human beings but like mere machines.
It is an electroshock therapy, in which the brutality of the treatment would for sure surprise you to death.

Oct 13, 2011

There is another title for this movie: "Behind the Lines"

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